Udall says he will not seek reelection in 2020

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Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., seen here in 2018, announced he won’t seek re-election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced on Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2020, leaving the Senate seat he has held since 2009 up for grabs.

“I’m confident that we could run a strong campaign next year to earn a third term, because of all the work you and I have done together, along with my wife, Jill, and my incredibly dedicated staff,” Udall said in a statement.

“But the worst thing anyone in public office can do is believe the office belongs to them, rather than to the people they represent. That’s why I’m announcing today that I won’t be seeking re-election next year.”

Udall, 70, insisted that he is “not retiring” and that he would “find new ways to serve New Mexico and our country after I finish this term.”

He also said that by foregoing a campaign for a third term in office, he was freeing himself up to work on legislative matters.

“Without the distraction of another campaign, I can get so much more done to help reverse the damage done to our planet, end the scourge of war, and to stop this president’s assault on our democracy and our communities,” Udall said.

It’s not yet clear who could step in to run for Udall’s seat in 2020, though the race is likely to lean in Democrats’ favor.

Udall won his first term in the Senate in 2008 by more than 20 points and his 2014 reelection by more than 10 points.

And last year, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) carried the state by more than 20 points to win a second term in the chamber. Hillary Clinton won the state by more than 8 points in the 2016 presidential election.

Currently, not a single member of New Mexico’s five-person congressional delegation is a Republican.

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